It reads: "Due to the outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in fruit bats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Kerala and South India advises its citizens to take precautionary measures and follow instructions issued by the concerned Indian authorities regarding their safety".
Emiratis in Kerala have been warned about a deadly virus that's killed several people.
When the virus infects human beings, it could range from merely being asymptomatic to also developing acute respiratory syndrome to fatal encephalitis.
Officers of the Health Department, Animal Husbandry Department and Forest Department arrived at the Burma Papadi School, following a directive from the Deputy Commissioner, and took samples from the dead bats for further investigation. The saliva of the fruit bat contains this virus.
Travel to Kerala, a popular tourist destination, was declared safe by Rajeev Sadanandan, a state health official, who said the outbreak "remains highly localized", with all cases linked to one family.
"In the Bangladesh and India outbreaks, consumption of fruits or fruit products (e.g. raw date palm juice) contaminated with urine or saliva from infected fruit bats was the most likely source of infection", the World Health Organization explains. It has urged travelers to be extra cautious while visiting Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts.
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Doctors Without Borders said 514 people believed to have been in contact with infected people were being monitored. The agency said it was deploying around 30 experts to Mbandaka "to conduct surveillance in the city".
Fruit bats are considered the natural host of the Nipah virus and health workers said they found dead bats in at a well at the home of an affected family.
File image of Lini Puthussery, who died after contracting Nipah virus from her patients.
A nurse who treated three of the Kerala victims succumbed to the infection on Monday, Health Minister K.K. Shailaja told a news briefing, where she announced payment of compensation to her family and others who lost family members to the infection.
No vaccine has been developed for the disease and there has not been much research into it. Treatment is focused on managing fever and the neurological symptoms.
This viral infection is classified as a zoonosis disease, indicating that it is transmitted via animals into the human system.
"More than a third of patients in previous outbreaks have died".